By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez
The Norwegian Lunderhunds are very rare dogs. It is a bit hard to find them. They are members of the Spitz family. They originated from Norway and were first seen in the islands of Vaerog and Rost islands in northern Norway. Their numbers stated to go down when easier methods for hunting down puffins were discovered. They further declined because of distemper outbreaks and taxes that were imposed on dog ownership. The outbreak of World War 2 further decreased the number of these dogs. After World War 2 only 6 of these dogs remained. Five of these dogs came from one family. These dogs became the basis for the Norwegian Lunderhunds. All dogs of this kind can trace their roots from these 6 dogs. These dogs were estimated to be between 1,500 – 2,000 in the year 2008.
The Norwegian Lunderhunds have a lovable look. They are so attractive looking and their owners will easily fall for their looks. These are charming little dogs but they are packed up with a lot of energy. They are built to do a lot of things. They need to be active and they must do a lot of activities. They have adequately well proportioned bodies. Their legs are very agile and sturdy. They have 6 toes and these will help these dogs climb vertical slopes or pitches. These gives them that extra power to climb high and lofty stairs and even hills. Norwegian Lunderhunds have extra neck joints that allow their heads to make a full 180 degree turn. These dogs have long snouts and their ears stand straight like a fox. They have stand up coats that are short and the colors are light yellowish brown and reddish brown. It comes with black hairs or black tipped hairs that are spread throughout their bodies.. These features become more precised when they age.
The Norwegian Lunderhunds are cheerful, alert, curious, watchful and they can be stubborn too. They can be great dogs to have as pets. These dogs have their own minds and they are very independent in their way of thinking. Dogs of this breed are careful when it comes to meeting strangers.. They are not aggressive dogs evnn when they are provoked. Norwegian Lunderhunds are easy to live with and they get along rather well with children. Socialize these dogs with your family during their early ages. Expose these dogs to all type of sounds at their early stages in life. If you do not do these things, they will become shy, they will be so sensitive to sounds and they will get stressed easily. These are high energy dogs and they must engage in activities. They must go on long walks with their owners daily. Allow them to go running around medium sized yards that are properly fenced. Doing this will give them the necessary time to let out all of their pent up energy. These are very athletic dogs and they must be allowed to strut their stuff.
These dogs are susceptive to such diseases like: leaky gulf syndrome, lymphagetasia, Lunderhund Syndrome ( a number of digestive problems ). You must feed these dogs with the proper food because it might affect the life span of your dogs. Give them food that has no content of grains so that these dogs will not get sick.and they will live out their life span.
It is better for these dogs to live in a homes that have small – medium fenced in yards. They must be able to run around and exercise.
Norwegian Lunderhunds will live for about 12 years.
These dogs can be easily groomed. Just comb and brush them regularly with a bristle bhrush. Pay extra attention to their undercoats. Give them a bath only when it becomes necessary. These dogs are heavy shedders.